VOLVO SETS A NEW STANDARD
THE new generation Volvo XC90 has been attracting plenty of attention thanks to its striking design, innovative powertrains and redefinition of the connected in-car control experience.
The car has a distinctive and confident face. Complete with the updated Volvo Iron Mark and the signature ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, the new XC90’s connection to Volvo’s past and homage to the Swedish lifestyle are evident in the new design language.
The XC90 comes fully equipped with the IntelliSafe package as standard, delivering two world firsts: Run-off Road Protection and Auto Brake at Intersections.
The entire new XC90 range is powered by four-cylinder Drive-E engines.
The introduction of Twin Engine technology in the XC90, which was developed in cooperation with Siemens, sets a new benchmark in terms of efficient performance in the luxury SUV segment.
Volvo Cars has a long history of electrification; the first hybrid concept car (the ECC) was produced back in 1992. Volvo Cars introduced the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid in the V60 sports wagon in 2011.
First impressions from behind the wheel make it clear Volvo hasn’t put all of the price premium in its pocket.
The detailing inside is exquisite, from the quality and feel of the materials to the tiny diamond-shaped impressions on the toggle switches and the crystal-like appearance of the gear lever.
The three-engine range may take some buyers a bit of time to come to terms with. The 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel is expected to be the most popular choice.
Power is surprisingly good to the point where you wouldn't know there was such a small engine under the bonnet. It is a tad noisy but is eager to move.
The 2.0-litre petrol is supercharged and turbocharged and is a surprise packet. Power delivery is smooth and quiet and, as with the diesel, it works seamlessly with the eight-speed automatic.
The plug-in hybrid has V8-like performance despite using the same petrol engine, only this time mated to an electric motor for extra oomph.
Verdict: The XC90 looks the business and brings new levels of fuel economy and safety technology to luxury SUVs.
The next generation Volvo XC90.